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One Killed In Berrien Township Crash

Michigan State Police are investigating a Berrien Township crash that killed a woman Sunday night. Around 6:20, troopers were dispatched to US-31 Hwy, a half mile south of Lake Chapin Road, for a single car crash. Upon their arrival, they spoke with witnesses who said one vehicle traveled off the roadway and flipped multiple times. All five passengers were transported to Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph, where an elderly female was pronounced dead due to injuries from the crash.. ...Read Full Story

Vandals Cause Sewage Spill In Kalamazoo

Officials in Kalamazoo say 450 gallons of waste overflowed from a sanitary sewer after vandals removed a manhole cover and stuffed the sewer with sticks and other debris. MLive reports that the Department of Public Services Field Services staff removed the debris shortly before midnight on Saturday. They say that normal flow conditions have been restored and that the spillage of the sewage won’t affect area drinking water. The Water Reclamation Plant notified the state’s Department of Environmental Quality at the Kalamazoo District Office and the Kalamazoo County Environmental Health and Community Services of the spill.. ...Read Full Story

Gas Prices Up Slightly To Start The Week

AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 4 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.16 per gallon. That’s about 22 cents less than it was at the same point last year. The lowest average price was about $2.09 per gallon in the Traverse City area, while the highest average was about $2.22 per gallon in the Saginaw, Bay City and Midland areas. AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.. ...Read Full Story

What To Look For On Election Night In Michigan

Michigan’s status as a presidential battleground is no longer in question on the eve of the election. Barack Obama trounced Republicans here twice, making the state an afterthought the last eight years outside of the primaries. But in 2016, the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has tightened and is possibly too close for comfort for Democrats. Clinton’s get-out-the-vote rally in Detroit on Friday was the latest foray
into Michigan for a Democratic nominee in a dozen years. She visited four days after Trump, who could use a breakthrough in the industrial Midwest, campaigned in the Grand Rapids and Detroit suburbs. The state has not backed a Republican presidential candidate since 1988.
At least a quarter of Michigan voters will cast absentee ballots, either by mail or in person.. ...Read Full Story

Secretary Of State Reminds Voters Of Polling Rules

Voters are being reminded of the rules they need to follow when they head to the polls Tuesday. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says the ballot selfie ban remains in effect, so don’t take any pictures or video while you’re in the polling place. Also, you’re not allowed to wear any t-shirts or buttons in support of a particular candidate or party. The secretary of state adds that it’s illegal to show your ballot to anyone under the secret balloting rules. Finally, everyone who votes has to bring along a valid ID. You can find out all the information you need about your polling place at Michigan.gov/Vote.. ...Read Full Story

Mercy Hospital Demolition Begins Tomorrow

The former Mercy Hospital building in Benton Harbor will soon be no more. Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski tells us demolition starts Monday, and it should be finished within a few weeks. Witkowski tells WSJM News it’s a shame to see the historic structure go, but there was little chance another use could have been found for it.. ...Read Full Story

SWM Tourism Leaders See Benefits Of Pure Michigan Campaign

A report from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy this week concluded there’s no evidence that the Pure Michigan tourism campaign is worth the money, but if you ask local tourism leaders, they’ll tell you otherwise. Millicent Huminsky, with the Southwest Michigan Tourist Council, tells WSJM News the boom that the industry has seen recent years is partly due to the ad campaign.. ...Read Full Story

Voting Open In Celebrated Service Awards

Voting has opened in the sixth annual Celebrated Service Awards. The awards are handed out each year by Celebration Cinema to recognize businesses in each of its service areas that give their customers the best treatment. In the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph area, the nominees this year are All Star Family Chiropractic, Biggby Coffee, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cafe Mosaic, the Chatterbox Bar & Grill, the Hilton Garden Inn, Jimmy Johns of Benton Harbor, the Mason Jar Cafe, Silver Harbor Brewing Company, and Zoup. The winner will receive special promotions on Celebration Cinema screens and $5,000. You can vote for your favorite at CelebratedService.com. Or, you can vote via text message this year. Below are the instructions.. ...Read Full Story